Pop Chronicles


Pop Chronicles
The Pop Chronicles

"The 'Pop Chronicles' Team" circa 1970.[1] From left to right are John Gilliland, unidentified, Sie Holliday, Chester Coleman, and Thom Beck. Courtesy of The John Gilliland Collection.
Home station KRLA
Syndicates Armed Forces Radio
Creators John Gilliland
Producers Chester Coleman
Narrated by John Gilliland, Sie Holliday, Thom Beck
Air dates 1969 to c1971
No. of episodes 55
Other themes The Chronicles of Pop by Len Chandler
Website The John Gilliland Collection

The Pop Chronicles were two radio documentary series which together "may constitute the most complete audio history of 1940s-60s popular music."[2] Both were produced by John Gilliland.

Contents

The Pop Chronicles of the 50s and 60s

Inspired by the Monterey Pop Festival,[3] the Pop Chronicles of the 1950s and 1960s was originally produced at KRLA 1110 and first aired on February 9, 1969.[4] John Gilliland narrated the series along with Sie Holliday and Thom Beck (pictured).[5] Also performing interviews were Dick LaPalm, Lew Irwin, Harry Shearer, Mike Masterson, and Richard Perry.[6] The show's brief recurring theme song “The Chronicles of Pop” was written and performed by Len Chandler.[7] The engineer and associate producer of the series was Chester Coleman.[8][9]

KRLA 1110 originally broadcast an hour a week of the Pop Chronicles,[8] which were later syndicated[1][10] and broadcast on Armed Forces Radio.[11] The photo above indicates that it was broadcast on KABC-FM sometime before that station became KLOS.

The University of North Texas Music Library has made the Pop Chronicles available online.[3]

The Pop Chronicles of the 40s

The "Pop Chronicles of the 1940s" was produced by John Gilliland and broadcast on KSFO (AM) while he worked there beginning in 1972 and 1976.[12] This was also syndicated[13] and broadcast on AFRTS.[14] In 1994, an edited version was released as the four cassette audiobook Pop Chronicles the 40's: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40's.[15] This was later rereleased as The Big Band Chronicles.[16][17]

Pop Chronicles the 40s

Cover of Pop Chronicles the 40's: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40's ISBN 978-1559351478.
Home station KSFO
Syndicates AFRTS
Creators John Gilliland
Narrated by John Gilliland
Air dates 1972 to 1976
No. of episodes 24

After his death, Gilliand's sister donated the "Pop Chronicles" tapes to the University of North Texas Music Library where they form The John Gilliland Collection.[2]

See also

  • The History of Rock and Roll

References

Online sources

Print sources

  • Gilliland, John. "On Chronicling Pop." in Los Angeles radio people: Volume 2, 1957-1997, by Don Barrett. Imprint Valencia, CA: db Marketing, 1997, ISBN 9780965890700. (The pages in this book are not numbered, but Gilliland's essay is located between the E and F entries.)

Notes

  1. ^ a b Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.com. 1970-09-26. http://books.google.com/books?id=nSkEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA53&dq=pop-chronicles+john-gilliland&hl=en&ei=hlIiTbGaE8L58Ab16PyaDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAg. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  2. ^ a b "ARSC Conference 2008 - Session Abstracts" (PDF). http://www.arsc-audio.org/conference/2008/pdf/2008-abstracts.pdf. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Explore the holdings of UNT Music Library: List View UNT Digital Library". Digital.library.unt.edu. 2010-08-14. http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/partners/UNTML/browse/?fq=str_title_serial%3AThe+Pop+Chronicles+%28John+Gilliland+Collection%29. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  4. ^ "CLASSIC DJ & RADIO SCRAPBOOK: KRLA POP CHRONICLES Program, 1969 (1 of 2)". Classicdjradioscrapbook.blogspot.com. http://classicdjradioscrapbook.blogspot.com/2009/04/krla-pop-chronicles-program-1969-1-of-2.html. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  5. ^ "Los Angeles Radio People, Where Are They Now, G". Laradio.com. http://www.laradio.com/whereg.htm. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  6. ^ "Index to Interviews — University of North Texas Libraries". Library.unt.edu. 2008-07-24. http://www.library.unt.edu/resolveuid/879119384317e891bdd4a2211d6a6728. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  7. ^ "Index to "Pop Chronicles" — University of North Texas Libraries". Library.unt.edu. 2008-07-24. http://www.library.unt.edu/resolveuid/9a257a0034dece5971cffe527a8a057b. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  8. ^ a b *Hopkins, Jerry (October 4, 1969). "'Pop Chronicles' Chronicle Pop". Rolling Stone (43): p. 34 
  9. ^ "CLASSIC DJ & RADIO SCRAPBOOK: KRLA POP CHRONICLES Program, 1969 (2 of 2)". Classicdjradioscrapbook.blogspot.com. http://classicdjradioscrapbook.blogspot.com/2009/04/krla-pop-chronicles-program-1969-2-of-2.html. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  10. ^ MacKenzie, Bob (1972-Oct-29). "Radio Returns to the '40s". Oakland Tribune. http://www.bayarearadio.org//audio/ksfo/1972/Trib_Pop-Chronicles-Article-1_1972.pdf. 
  11. ^ Gilliland, John (2008-08-18). "Pop chronicles. 36 (RU 11-1 [Sept. 1970]) [WorldCat.org]". [WorldCat.org]. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50111827?tab=details#tabs. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  12. ^ "John Gilliland - Pop Chronicles: The Forties". Sfradiomuseum.com. http://www.bayarearadio.org/audio/ksfo/1972/ksfo_pop-chronicles_5-nov-1972.shtml. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  13. ^ Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.com. 1973-01-13. http://books.google.com/books?id=MwkEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA20&dq=pop-chronicles+john-gilliland+billboard&hl=en&ei=Y1IiTdyXC4OC8gbo4PGCBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAw. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  14. ^ Gilliland, John (2008-08-18). "Pop chronicles of the 40's. 1 (RU 14-76 [Apr. 1976]) [WorldCat.org]". [WorldCat.org]. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50311556?tab=details#tabs. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  15. ^ Gilliland, John (2008-08-18). "Pop chronicles". Worldcat.org. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/31611854?tab=details#tabs. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  16. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "((( The Big Band Chronicles > Overview )))". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r618134. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  17. ^ "The big band chronicles". Worldcat.org. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/38555138. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 

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